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Planners to Discuss Future of Main St

3-6 main stSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — As the city of Springfield continues to grow, planners are looking to revitalize the Main Street Corridor.

The corridor runs from downtown to Thurston. The last time the city gave it a major makeover was in the late 1980s, and planners say it’s about time for another one. They say they want the community fully involved in the process.

Some of the improvements planners are considering include changes to pedestrian crossings, more transit options and better lighting downtown.

“This will be a vision plan for the sense of what Main Street will look like in 20 years, so this is a long term vision plan. There have been a lot of improvements and strides made for Main Street. I think most people can recognize that in the downtown area, but this is a vision plan for the entire Main Street,” says Loralyn Spiro with Springfield Development and Public Works.

Planners have already received input from the community, back in December. Suggestions include more spaces to walk, bike and jog along with more diversity in restaurants and entertainment options. Residents have also suggested mixed housing opportunities, so people can live near the corridor.

The city is expected to draft a plan by fall and is taking community input until then. If you would like to be a part of the process, the open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Springfield City Hall.

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